eLearning the Eyak Language 

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Currently in the third year of a three year Alaska Native Assistance (ANA) grant, the project is a grassroots, community effort to bring back Eyak as a living, spoken language. Under EPC, Project director Laura Bliss Spann and her team is spearheading the organizational effort to find long-term funding for the project. To date, the revitalization efforts have been supported with donations, as well as grants to EPC from the Alaska Humanities Forum, The Eyak Corporation and the Chugach Heritage Foundation.  

Guillaume returned to Anchorage and Cordova summer 2011, and several Eyak language sessions took place with great attendance and enthusiasm. This is the first time there's ever been an opportunity or attempt to begin teaching Eyak systematically.  Techniques such as Total Physical Response (TPR) and Accelerated Second Language Acquisition (ASLA) have been highly effective in helping new speakers learn a lot about their language in a short time.

Project Director Laura Bliss Spaan says the goal is to give learners the confidence and tools they need to bring their language back into their daily lives.  Followup video lessons will be posted the project's website so new speakers can continue to learn at their own pace. 

EPC has been and remains committed to revitalizing Eyak language and culture, and preserving the Eyak wild salmon way of life, and to represent the Eyak people.

Our vision is to see Eyaks speaking Eyak, and to restore a tribal identity. Please help and support this important project!

Eyak Language Project in the News


Eyak Language Workshop scheduled this weekend in Anchorage | June 3, 2011 | Talking Alaska

SAVING EYAK | August 17th, 2010 | The New Yorker

In Alaska, a Frenchman Fights to Revive the Eyak's Dead Tongue | August 10th, 2010 | Wall Street Journal

Extinct Alaska Native language interests French student | July 29th,  2010 | Anchorage Daily News

Native Eyak Language May Have A Follower | June 28th, 2010 | Huffington Post

LAST WORDS - June 6th 2005 - The New Yorker p046-059_Kolbert_Language_D.pdf